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Goodbye, 2022!

It’s hard to believe that 2022 is almost over! I have been thinking a lot lately how fast this year went by, and how crazy it is that it’s almost a new year!

I’ve never really been a fan of New Year’s. I hate staying up late, and I often feel sad, because I think of all the things I wanted to do that year and didn’t.

But, what I’ve learned lately is that life just keeps going, and most of life is the mundane, the boring, the day to day things, but when you look back that is sometimes the most memorable.

Here is a recap of my 2022!

January started with my two best friends! I miss them so much!

Then we celebrated Jackson’s birthday! I don’t actually know if this is his birthday since I adopted him, but let’s be real, he doesn’t know either!

February I had the best time skiing at Sun Valley. I had a day off in the middle of the week and decided to ski by myself! I felt so free!

In March, my favorite Bruce’s came to visit and we also went skiing at Sun Valley!! I love my two favorite Bruce’s!

I also turned 25 in March! We took this picture on my birthday!

In April, my mom came to visit and we had a great time shopping and doing all the things we love to do together! I love my Mom so much!

In May, I spent a lot of time outside with Jackson!! We went on lots of walks, read lots of books, and enjoyed the beautiful weather before it got too hot!

In June, I found out I was going to be competing at International Junior Miss as Miss Idaho! This was a goal I set for myself back in 2019! Just goes to show that sometimes your goals take a while to accomplish, but that doesn’t mean you should give up on it!

July was super fun! I started my new role at KMVT as the morning show co-anchor!

My grandfather also passed away in July, I miss you Papa!

In August, Trevor and I went to DisneyLand and California Adventure! I am sharing this picture because I was so proud of myself for not letting my fears stop me and I went on the Incredicoaster!

In September we celebrated Trevor’s birthday with these great friends!! I’m lucky to have so many great friends!

October was exciting! We bought a house! I love this house and it’s finally starting to feel like home!

November was so busy! I flew back to MA for one weekend to surprise my mom for her birthday!! We pulled off the surprise!!

Then, it was time for Internationals in Florida! What an amazing week with new friends and my family!

December was full of Christmas cheer!!

Now, these are just some highlights of the year. Most of my days were just full of work, taking care of my dog, cooking, cleaning, food shopping, and just doing daily things.

There were also a lot of sad days, and a lot of happy days. And right now as I’m ending this year, I am very sick.

But, I choose to look on the positive side and hope that 2023 will be a year full of accomplishing goals, growing, and happiness.

Happy 2023!

A Day In The Life Of Liz, Christmas, Hallmark Movies, Magic, Santa

Do You Believe?

Hello Blog World! I must first apologize, I am terribly sorry I haven’t written a post in a while. I was sick, and then I went back to school and suddenly every professor realized finals was almost here and assigned lots of work. But, on the train this morning, I had an idea for a story, so I knew I had to make time for it.

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I took this on the It’s A Small World Ride in Disney Land last year!

Christmas is coming, and personally, I absolutely LOVE Christmas season, and I’ll tell you why. It’s not because of the presents, I actually like giving presents more than getting them. I love to see the look on people’s faces as I give them something I knew they’d love. I love the magic of the season, and I’m not talking about Santa Claus, I’m talking about people realizing that they can make a difference in a person’s life.

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One of my faves!

I believed in Santa for a long time, probably because I just loved the magic of it, I believed so hard that I even thought I heard him on the roof one year.

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Bruce and I on Christmas Eve!

But, I remember when I stopped believing in Santa, I was so upset. Christmas was ruined. I didn’t believe in the magic anymore, and I hated it.

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Santa Santa I know him!

But then, I found a newspaper in the street that same year that I stopped believing and right on the front page, an article called “Is There Really A Santa,” and I knew I had to read it.

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My Truest Form

And what I realized from reading an article in a newspaper that wasn’t even ours, was that, maybe Santa isn’t real. The man that we like to call Santa. But the Santa that is about hope, joy, magic, he’s real. The spirit of him lies within all of us. No matter your religion, your race, or your gender. Santa is about giving, it’s about lifting other people up when they need it the most. It’s about hope, knowing that each year on December 25th, Santa will arrive. It’s about believing in things you can’t see, can’t touch, can’t feel.

We can all be Santa. We can all go out off our way to give to people who can never repay us. We can all go to the Food Bank and volunteer for a day, knowing that they’ll never be able to do that for us. We can all spread joy, love, happiness, even if it’s just for a day. And why does that day have to fall on December 25th? We can all be Santa, all year long.

There is so much goodness in this world, every day people do things that surprise us and make us realize how amazing this world truly is. So, when I stopped believing in the magic of Santa, I started believing in the magic of the world, the magic that lies within every single one of us, to make this world better.

I believe in goodness, and magic and I believe that somewhere deep inside every single one of us lies the potential to be Santa. To make somebody so excited, so happy, and so joyful, without ever expecting anything in return.

So, I ask you, Do you Believe in Santa?

Freshman year we decorated our common room!

A Day In The Life Of Liz, Christmas, Hallmark Movies

Hallmark Christmas Movies

Today we have a very important- dare I say life threatening- topic to discuss.

Every year we know it’s coming, we try not to think about it and the havoc it is going to wreak on our credit cards, but each year it arrives anyways.

That’s right, I’m talking about the holiday season.

The time that is supposed to be merry and bright and the season of giving, but instead causes more stress and craziness than any of us needs. 

But, I’m not going to talk about that, instead I’m going to talk about my favorite aspect of the holiday season, and if you know me at all, i don’t even have to say it.

Hallmark Christmas movies, playing non-stop from November 1st through December 31st.

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Photo Cred: news4jax.com

Many will roll their eyes, many will say, really you watch those, and many will act as though they think I’m insane when I tell them I have a favorite.

But, I don’t think I’m the only one who enjoys watching them, or else, why would they keep them on the air. Sure maybe I’m more open about my love for the movies than most, but I highly doubt I’m the only one to smile at the ending we all saw coming.

Personally I love the fact that I could sit down and write the plot of one of these movies.

Man and woman meet, they have something they don’t like about each other, whether it be their job, the other one is trying not to be in a serious relationship, but over a series of scenes set to a backdrop of fake snow, Christmas trees and holiday songs, they fall in love and kiss, the end, movie over.

See, I practically just wrote a new movie, all we need is a few famous actors and we are good to go.

That still doesn’t stop me from watching them, and looking up the times of the ones I knew I loved last year to try to be around to watch.

Hallmark Christmas movies are a staple of the holiday season, as much as people complain and groan when they release the non-stop schedule, we all know that there would be protests and very unhappy people if they cancelled them.

Me, I like them because they are predictable, they are silly, and yes they are unrealistic. they aren’t going to happen.

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Photo Cred: Hallmark Channel

I’m never going to fly to a new city without my fiance, only to meet a person with the same name as my fiance’s brother in the airport, and travel with said brother to their home where I know no one, because fiance got held up at work, only to find out it wasn’t said fiance’s brother at all, just another person with the same name, only later on to realize I was never in love with my fiance, I’m in love with fake fiance’s brother, so I drop everything to be with this guy I’ve known for 3 days.

That would involve me having a fiance, and no boys are exactly scratching at my door. 

I guess what I’m saying is that I really don’t care that they are never going to happen, I mean a spider is never going to bite me and I’ll wake up the next day with super powers either, but people love spider-man just the same.

Or maybe I’m just more of a romantic than most. either way, you can find me on Christmas Eve glued to the couch watching a hallmark movie.